Harrys: Ladies and gentlemen, this match is a triple threat match and is scheduled for one fall. During a triple threat match, there are no count-outs or disqualifications!
Copeland: Well, folks, this should be a cracking match all things considered. All three of the competitors in this match have something to prove to everyone here tonight. But, perhaps, none more so than Kagura.
Cohen: Absolutely, Seabass. I mean, we have gone beyond day 500 of the EurAvison era now and it looks like it shows no signs of slowing down at all. It seems as though all of the words between the Champion and challenger have no finished. All that is left is doing their talking in the middle of the ring and, more importantly, building some momentum before Apocalypse.
After a few seconds of Tony's music being played, he makes his way through the curtain with Gino in tow. Gino offers some of the booing fans a choice gesture but soon, the booing fades away and cheers are all that remain for the former mob-boss. Tony gives the fans a nod of approval as he looks around the vast arena.
Copeland: Well, as we heard earlier, folks, Tony Mancini has managed to get the powers that be to sign off on a match with Logan McAllister at Apocalypse. Tonight, he goes up against Kagura and Lynx in a triple threat match. If he wins, who knows what could happen for Tony.
Cohen: It's a bold move from Tony to try and find a match for himself but he knows that he needs to start making moves up the card and soon. You said it, Seabass. A win here would accomplish that and the match against Logan would be the icing on the cake.
Tony turns to Gino and the two exchange a warm embrace before Tony sends Gino away. No standing alone on the stage, Tony allows a look of determination to sweep across his face. He makes his way down to the ring as his music stops and another begins.
Lynx walks out onto the entrance ramp looking down at the ground for a few seconds as a countdown clock ticks down 5.... 4.... 3.... 2.... 1.... Then he looks into the audience and pyro goes off as the fans cheer. Blue, purple, and green lights flash throughout the arena
Copeland: Now here is a young man who is going to be very full of confidence heading into this match. His first match ending in his first win last time out. But tonight represents a significant rise in the challenge that Lynx goes up against.
Cohen: No doubt about it, Seabass. A triple threat match is always a challenge, given that you are going up against two other people who have the same idea as you. You need to keep your head on a swivel and your concentration tight. This is going to be a tough match without even thinking about who he is going up against!
Lynx soaks in the amazing crowd reaction from the fans for a moment, putting his fist into the air and getting another loud pop from the crowd. He gives the fans a smile before heading down the ramp towards the ring. His music stops as he reaches the bottom of the ramp and another theme begins.
As her music plays, the lights in the arena dim as pink lights begin to swirl, but they quickly change to gold and then to gray-white, representing the decay in the life of the cherry blossoms as snow falls. As the lights turn white Kagura makes her way out onto the stage. Kagura gets a decisively mixed reaction from the assembled fans but it doesn't seem to bother the number one contender for the EurAsian Championship one bit.
Copeland: Well, as we pointed out a little earlier, folks, Kagura has a lot to prove to everyone here tonight. With Titus on the horizon for her, she can't afford to take her foot off of the gas pedal, even for a second.
Cohen: Because Titus definitely will not, Seabass. He has been EurAsian Champion for longer than I can even remember at this point and it is going to take something special to dethrone him at Apocalypse. A win here though, and who knows if Kagura could be that person to accomplish such a feat.
As Kagura begins making her way down towards the ring, a blurry figure appears behind her, obscured by the sharp lighting on the stage and the tron. But it soon becomes clear that it is the EurAsian Champion who stalks his challenger. The crowd boo loudly but it is no good as Titus makes a run at Kagura and nails her, mercilessly, with a clubbing blow to the back of her head. Kagura hits the floor immediately as Titus towers over her. Knowing that he has to make the advantage count, Titus begins stomping Kagura angrily – the features on his face shifting to a venomous expression. Stomp after stomp, Titus punishes his Apocalypse opponent as the fans look on a mixture of horror and shock. Picking Kagura up to her feet, Titus looks deep into the eyes of his adversary before launching her into the security barricade – her back colliding with the metal fence and sending her back to the floor. As Titus' plan come to fruition and Kagura lies hurting on the floor, a wide smile appears on the face of the EurAsian Champion. He lies in wait as Kagura struggles to get back to her feet, the fans still booing from beside him and the two other competitors looking on from inside the ring.
Copeland: God damn that man! He has no business to be out here right now!
Cohen: Hey, I don't like it either, Seabass. But the fact of the matter is that you don't get to reign as EurAsian Champion for 500 days by playing nice. It seems as though Titus has had enough of Kagura's name being mentioned in the same breath as his and he is showing her who is the real talent.
Copeland: Still, this is shocking! Why are Tony Mancini and Lynx just standing there?!
Cohen: Well, first of all, you have to remember that Kagura is their opponent tonight and with her out of the running, it increases their chances of winning the match. And second, I wouldn't like to get in between Titus and his prey. If you feel so bad about it, why don't you go stop him, Seabass?
As Kagura struggles to get to her feet with the toils of the attack showing in her weary legs, Titus waits for the idea moment, The fans go strangely quiet as Titus eyes up his opponent before nailing her with THE TIT DROP that sends her crashing back to the floor. The fans boo loudly as Kagura lies motionless on the ramp and Titus gets back to his feet quickly – a wider smile than ever adorning his face. Suddenly, a few referees and officials make their way out onto the stage and get between Titus and Kagura. Titus, infuriatingly, raises his hands innocently as he laughs at Kagura's state. The fans boo even louder as Titus is ushered through the curtain and out of the view of the fans.
Copeland: Shocking! That is an utterly heinous and vile attack from the Hall of Fame superstar on his Apocalypse opponent, Jack. Someone should be taking Titus in an office and stripping him of that great Championship.
Cohen: That might be the only way that you get it from his hands, Seabass. It doesn't look like Kagura will be able to do it anyway. Hell, we can pretty much rule her out of competition for a few weeks at least after that brutality.
Inside the ring, Lynx and Mancini look at each other, unsure of what to do. The referee for the match goes over to both men and whispers in their ear, trying to pass a message on in the midst of some serious booing and hate from the fans in the arena. As the referee leaves both men, they nod their heads in approval and the referee signals for the bell to start the match. On the outside of the ring, some medics and officials see to the third competitor in the match.
Copeland: Well, the silver lining of this situation is, folks, that we are still getting some level of action after that savage beating from Titus. The show must go on and now Lynx and Tony Mancini get an opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of in a singles match.
As the sound of the bell signals the start of the match, Tony Mancini and Lynx get to business. Both men begin circling the ring, eyeing each other. Quickly, however, Tony leathers Lynx with a hard right hand that sends Lynx reeling backwards. Not one to be outdone, however, Lynx rallies back and nails Tony with a hard shot in return. The two trade blows as the crowd roar for their favourites. After some horrific shots, it is Tony who gets the better of the rookie, turning him around and tossing him into the corner. There, Tony begins to unload, hammering the sternum and head of his opponent with some pretty devastating fists and elbows. Tony is like a man possessed in the early going as the referee gets between the two men and forcing Tony away from his opponent. The hold is broken for a second but Tony is in no mood to give Lynx an early reprieve. Once more he is upon the Guardian of the Space-Time Continuum, nailing him with a back elbow to the side of the head. Tony follows this up by whipping Lynx across the ring and then nailing him with a big splash in the corner. The crowd are undoubtedly behind the former mob-boss as he allows Lynx to stumble out of the corner and then punishing him with a glorious clothesline. He covers Lynx for the first pinfall of the match. 1... 2. Kick out!
Copeland: A blistering start from Tony Mancini here tonight, folks. And one has to assume that vigour is brought on with the announcement that he will be taking on Logan McAllister at Apocalypse, Jack?
Cohen: It very well could be, Seabass. Make no mistake, fighting for your family is like nothing else you can ever imagine. Tony made it clear to Logan that he would be dedicating his performance in that match to his daughter and, perhaps, he wants to show Logan what he can expect in a few weeks time.
Mancini knows that he is in the driving seat and immediately gets to work on inflicting more punishment on his opponent. He picks Lynx up by the hair and moves across the ring and into the corner once again. He delivers a head-butt to the skull of Lynx that scrambles the thoughts of the the rookie. Going around his back, Mancini goes back on the offensive as he launches a German Suplex, the back of Lynx's head colliding with the turn-buckle. The crowd gasp as the impact rings around the arena. But Mancini knows that he needs to capitalise on his advantage. He pulls Lynx away from the ropes and covers him again, the referee doing his best to keep up with the action. 1...2... Lynx manages to get a shoulder up!
Mancini sits up, cursing his luck but keen to press on. Getting to his feet now, Mancini moves across the ring, studying his rookie opponent and weighing up his next attack. Crouching in the corner, Mancini lies in wait as Lynx finally begins to get to his feet; the ropes being used to support his ailing body. As soon as Lynx is on his feet, Mancini runs at him; looking to put him away with a big splash in the corner. But at the last second Lynx moves out of the way; causing Mancini to collide unceremoniously with the turn-buckle. Lynx pounces upon the opportunity to turn the tide of this match as he lands a swift clubbing blow to the back Mancini's head and then tosses him to the outside.
Copeland: Mancini looked very good and had started the better in this match. That was until that little piece of brilliance from The Guardian of the Space-Time Continuum. Lynx may have found himself on the defensive for most of this match so far but he seems to have a fighter's heart and he showed it right there.
Cohen: Lynx really needs to make this moment count, Seabass. Tony Mancini is as tough as old boots and he doesn't often make mistakes. The rookie needs to use any chances he gets to turn the tide in his favour.
Some way up the ramp, Kagura is finally coming to her senses and is trying to push the officials off of her and stagger towards the ring. The fans are on their feet for the fighting spirit of the number one contender but she looks weary already. The officials try to tell her that she is no fit state for the match but she seems disinterested in their opinions. She stops on the ramp for a while, trying to catch her breath as the match continues without her.
Cohen: You can't be serious!? Kagura wants to get involved in this match after everything that Titus just put her through? I guess I have to commend her on her spirit but Tony Mancini and Lynx will make light work of her if she dares.
Copeland: Don't count her out yet, Jack. Kagura has shown, many times in fact, that she has a huge fighting spirit and she wont allow this match to pass her by if she has it in her to compete. That notion, however, might be foolish and far off. She looks hurt.
Meanwhile, Lynx takes a moment for himself before joining Mancini on the outside of the ring. Catching his breath somewhat, Lynx looks down at the fallen Mancini. Lynx takes a deep breath as the fans give him a quick cheer in only his second match. He grabs Mancini by the head and pulls him back to his feet. Without mercy, Lynx lifts Mancini into the air and brings him down on the edge of the apron. Lynx may be a rookie but he shows the ring sense of a veteran as he drags Mancini to the edge of the mats before picking him up and nailing him with a suplex - Mancini's back connecting with the security barrier. The crowd are on their feet again as Lynx slowly gets to his feet and raises his fist into the air. The referee remonstrates with Lynx to bring the match back inside the ring but Lynx seems so dialled into his work that he takes no notice. Lynx goes back to his opponent again, getting on top of him and nailing him with a flurry of punches. Lynx finally gets back to his feet and pulls Mancini to his. Lynx goes to nail Mancini with an extra clothesline but the former mob-boss ducks under his arm and goes for a punch of his own. Lynx, somehow, manages duck under that, in the midst of a back and forth flurry – before nailing him with the Kick To The Future!
The crowd are on their feet as the signature move connects and Lynx is feeling it!
Copeland: This could be it, folks. Lynx caught Mancini flush on the chin with that super-kick. He needs to get Mancini back into the ring and get the fall!
Cohen: That stint on the outside of the ring has worked very well for the WZCW rookie. He showed an edge to his game that this company demands of you. It might not be the prettiest of ways to win a match but he got the results and now Mancini is like putty in his hands.
Lynx grabs Mancini's body and tries picking him – lifting him with all of the strength he has left in him. He finally gets Mancini to his feet and tosses him under the bottom rope and into the ring. The crowd are on their feet as the closing stages of this match are upon them. Lynx quickly follows suit and gets in the ring, scurrying to cover his opponent and pick up the second win of his WZCW career. He drops an arm over his opponent as the referee counts the fall! 1... 2... Suddenly, Kagura leaps from behind the fall with a clubbing blow and saves the match for herself!
Copeland: I don't believe what I am seeing here, folks! This match was started without Kagura in the ring after that assault from Titus. Lynx and Mancini have fought this match brutally and Kagura has had the chance to recover. Now she enters this match, beaten but not broken!
Cohen: Amazing heart from Kagura, I have to agree with you! It would have been too easy for Kagura to throw in the towel and save herself for Apocalypse but she's well and truly in the match now! But is this a mistake on the part of the number one contender? She might do herself a damage on the eve of one of the biggest fights of her life!
After the lunge from Kagura, she slumps to the canvas, the sweat dripping from her forehead. Lynx runs his hands through his hair as he lies on his back on the canvas. He cannot believe that he has not managed to pick up the win there and then. However, Lynx knows that he needs to get back into the match and make his advantage count before it is too late. He gets to his feet slowly and grabs the head of Kagura – pulling her back to her weary feet. He backs her up into the corner and lands a few stiff shots to the head. Kagura wobbles on her unsteady feet as the crowd watch on in stunned silence. Lynx whips Kagura across the ring and watches as she collides with the corner. Lynx gives the fans one final taunt before running across the ring and jumping at her. But Kagura, somehow, manages to get out of the way at the last second. He recoils thanks to the impact but is soon tossed to the outside of the ring by Kagura. Suddenly, however, Tony Mancini is upon her. He grabs her with a full nelson hold but Kagura drops to the canvas and rolls Mancini onto the canvas. Mancini shoots back to his feet and looks for a big boot. Suddenly, Kagura drops to the canvas again and avoids the impact. Tony spins on his heels and is met with THE FIFTH DANCE! Kagura falls on top of her opponent and the referee begins the count. 1... 2... 3! Just as Lynx gets in the ring, he sees the hand come down for the three count! This match is over!!
Harrys: Here is your winner... Kagura!!
Copeland: I don't believe that, ladies and gentlemen. Kagura started this match absolutely broken on the outside of the ring. But as Tony Mancini and Lynx played this match out together they, undoubtedly, forgot about Kagura. That decision was their ultimate downfall as Kagura got back into this match and showed her immense spirit.
Cohen: It truly was something to behold, Seabass. She may have found the win here tonight but big dance with Titus is on the horizon. The damage done to Kagura was swift and plentiful. It remains to be seen how this will affect her going forward.
Copeland: And you have to feel sorry for Tony Mancini and Lynx. Those two competitors left it all in and around the ring tonight. There's unfinished business between those two for sure and on another night, one of them could have been leaving with the big win.
Lynx looks distraught as Kagura rolls from the ring and stumbles up the ramp. He allows a look of disappointment to cross his features as he watches Kagura leave with the victory.